Here are seven ways physical activity can improve the health of your business:
1. Grow your network.
I've meet some great friends and business partners at the gym and through group fitness activities. Working out regularly is an easy way to meet new people, build relationships, and find potential clients. The gym or fitness environment allows for a more candid and open conversation that allows you to get to know people better than you would via email or over coffee.
2. Increase creativity
Exercise improves brain power. Cardio activity increases cognitive function and blood flow to your brain. A power walk can be the best time to brainstorm.
3. Reduce stress.
Regular exercise reduces stress hormones and increases the production of endorphins that give you a natural high. Getting in a workout helps you maintain a calm mindset and in return you'll make smarter more rational decisions.
4. Improved confidence.
I know I'm not the only person that feels like a brand new woman after a good sweaty workout. Any small fitness win is a large confidence boost, even if you're proud of your self for just showing up- it's a start.
5. Overcome business challenges.
Pushing yourself to do one more rep, one more lap around the pool, or one more minute on the treadmill is a reminder of the importance of of goal-setting and determination. A vigorous training schedule will make anyone a tenacious entrepreneur. By learning to remove the word "can't" from your vocabulary and re-focusing your energy on immediate goals, you view business obstacles as just another challenge to over come.
6. Just start your day with a boost of energy
Ditch your morning cup of coffee and head to the gym instead. Exercising regularly helps you sleep better, and if you sleep better you’ll have more energy during the day.
7. Let someone else take control
If you suffer from chronic DIY syndrome in your business or you're a power-hungry entrepreneurs, then you could benefit from a personal trainer or participating in team sports. This reinforces the importance of entrusting others with important tasks, proving you don't have to do it all on your own to have a successful business.